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Region Serving Spring Break Visitors

While the college revelers head to Daytona or Lake Havasu for Spring Break bikini contests, families seeking winter sports are more apt to visit Northern Arizona for March vacations. According to insiders, Northern Arizona sees a bump in business from family vacationers during spring break. “Over the years, we’ve seen our occupancy rates climb in […]

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Celebrating 75 years of Snow Play

 One of Northern Arizona’s longest running businesses just celebrated a milestone. Arizona Snowbowl observed its 75th anniversary with 10 days of festivities around the ski area and historic downtown Flagstaff last month. The birthday party kicked off with a torchlight ski parade viewed from Hart Prairie Lodge on Feb. 1. Seventy-five torches representing birthday candles […]

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Snow Sports Downtown Drawing Tourists

Skiers and snowboarders will ride again at the Dew Downtown Flagstaff, Urban Ski & Snowboard Festival on Feb. 9 and 10. Festivities are expanded this year to include Heritage Square and night festivities. Many Northern Arizona businesses are involved, including the main sponsors, the City of Flagstaff, Suddenlink and Mountain Dew. Last year, the family-friendly, […]

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United Way Stimulating Local Economy

According to a recent Arizona Rural Policy Institute study, the economic impact of the United Way of Northern Arizona on Northern Arizona is approximately $4.5 million in total output and 50 full-time-equivalent jobs. The Institute, part of the award-winning W.A. Franke College of Business of Northern Arizona University, stated, “In addition to aid provided to […]

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Brewing Sign Code Controversy

According to the International Sign Association (ISA), signage is the least expensive and most effective form of advertising. Signs can account for 50 percent of a business’s customers.   “I was so surprised to get so much response from the signs, compared to other advertising I’ve done,” said one new business owner who asked to […]

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Management Styles Making Workplace Great

Effective personnel management is key to employee satisfaction and productivity. Some Flagstaff businesses use unique management philosophies to transform a good workplace into a great place. Three Flagstaff businesses that embrace such management styles are PuroClean, True North Dentistry and W. L. Gore & Associates. W. L. Gore & Associates appears on every list of […]

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Employing Unique Management Styles

Effective personnel management is key to employee satisfaction and productivity. Some Flagstaff businesses use unique management philosophies to transform a good workplace into a great place. Three Flagstaff businesses that embrace such management styles are PuroClean, True North Dentistry and W. L. Gore & Associates. W. L. Gore & Associates appears on every list of […]

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New NAU VP of Athletics Reaching Out to Businesses

Fans passionate about sports teams can bring communities together in ways that only sports can. Dr. Lisa Campos, Northern Arizona University’s new vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics saw that to be true at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she previously served as senior associate athletic director for over a decade. “El […]

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Businesses Using Freelancers to Fill in the Blanks

The national trend of businesses delegating via outsourcing has not skipped over Northern Arizona. When help is needed with new tools like Facebook, Survey Monkey and Google Analytics, local businesses look to freelancers who have mastered those skill sets. Many businesses continue to lean on freelance writers, graphic designers and web developers for support with […]

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Agritourism Expanding in McGuireville

 Within 30 to 45 days, drivers on I-17 will see the earth being turned in preparation for 20-25 acres of grapevines to be planted near the McGuireville exit. According to Kelly Cathcart of SMC Operations LLC, the hillside vineyards will be planted by the end of June. Cathcart and partner Bernadette Selna are managing an […]

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